7 Unknown Facts About Indian Railways
You may have travelled by train and felt glad by the services the Indian Railways provides. You often even curse it for making delay or for other disturbances that occur. But, you need to remember that this is one of the cheapest ways of transportation in India. Whether you are making the short distance or having overnight tours, India Railways is always there to serve you the best.
But, there are certain facts that are quite interesting about the Indian Railways. For example, did you know that it is the third largest railways in the world, covering a length of 127,760km? Yes, there are several other facts, which are equally stunning. So, while going for IRCTC train inquiry between two stations or anything else, these facts will really make you a knowledgeable person about theIndian Railways. Read on to know more-
- Huge Service
Train tracks are spread throughout the country. Considering the vast land of India, it can be imagined how huge the service is. You will be surprised to know that there are 11,000 trains that run every day and covers nearly 60,000 km distance. That is huge!
- New Longest Platform
So far, you knew that Kharagpur is the largest railway platform in the world with the length of 2733 feet. Recently, Gorakhpur has broken the record with a span of 4430 feet.
- Employs a Lot
If you run a survey, 3 out of 10 people will tell he is an Indian Railway employee. That is quite natural as Indian Railway employs nearly 1.54 lakh employees. According to a survey of Forbes, it has made it the seventh largest employer in the world.
- Included in World Heritage Site
The Himalayan Mountain Railway is regarded as the World’s Heritage Site as the three branches of it- the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, Kalka Shimla Railway,and the Nilgiri Mountain Railways are in function for more than 100 years. Besides that, the ChhatrapatiShivaji Terminus is also a World Heritage Site announced by the UNESCO because of its beautiful amalgamation of Indian art with Gothic style of architecture.
- The Longest and the Shortest Haul
If you are traveling through Vivek Express, you will feel yourself on a never-ending journey. This train travels from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari and covers a distance of 4286 km, and it takes nearly 83 hours for that. On the other hand, the shortest distance is covered by a train between Nagpur and Ajni of 3 km only.
- Five Luxury Trains
They are the crown of Indian Railways. The five deluxe trains of Indian Railway are-
- Palace on Wheels
- The Maharaja Express
- Royal Rajasthan on Wheels
- The Golden Chariot
- The Deccan Odyssey
- ‘Non-stop’ Train in India
The longest non-stop train in India is the Trivandrum-Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express. It covers around 528 km distance within 6.5 hours without stopping anywhere.
Here are a few interesting facts about Indian Railways. There are more to amaze you. Travel by train and know the true India more. Book your tickets and set on!